GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Entrepreneurial Studies from Grand Canyon University enables students to transform ideas into functional business operations. Graduates who study entrepreneurship gain the skills necessary to take a business idea from conception through funding and development.
Additionally, collaborative skills are stressed in the BS in Entrepreneurial Studies degree program at GCU. Small learning groups help future entrepreneurs network and create vital business relationships. Peers and faculty alike act as mentors and sounding boards for creative idea generation and business proposal development.
The entrepreneurial studies degree program is centered around the core areas of:
- Using design theory to identify and solve real-world problems
- Developing business opportunities through networking and long-term connections
- Creating mission-driven idea concepts to benefit both the business and society
- Making technology work to scale ventures appropriately
- Finding funding to bring new ideas to life
- Effective oral and written business communication
What is an Entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurs are more than just business owners or CEOS. They are people who see a need in society and find a way to fill that void. They may create a tangible product or an intangible service to help the people they have defined as their target market.
An entrepreneur is someone with a creative vision. They see how the world could be different with their product or service in it. They are not afraid to try and fail; for every wrong turn gives them insight and answers to their work.
Entrepreneurs are persistent in their pursuits to fill the needs they see around them. They want to make things better. To do so, they’ll use courage and a willingness to embrace change. They are both independent and in need of strong and supportive teams. If this description resonates with you, perhaps you should consider the bachelor of science in entrepreneurial studies.
Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor of Science Curriculum
Entrepreneurship generally means striking out on one’s own to solve problems. As such, GCU students in the BS in Entrepreneurial Studies program are prepared with coursework that make them well-rounded in business in general. An entrepreneur usually oversees all aspects of their business, especially in early states. GCU entrepreneurial graduates, then, focus on understanding business practices from the ground up.
Coursework in the BS in Entrepreneurial Studies at GCU focuses on:
- Public relations
- Operations management
- Ethical leadership
- Cultivating new ideas
- Finance and accounting
- Business law
- Human Resources
- Work environments and culture
- Communication and networking
The Benefits of a Bachelor Degree in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs who take their own ideas and run with them might end up as business owners, CEOS, managers or consultants. Graduates from the GCU Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies gain many transferable skills. They are creative, technologically-savvy, well-rounded in business knowledge, and persistent lifelong learners who can thrive in any environment.
So, while they may end up working for themselves, entrepreneurial study grads may also find themselves in a variety of roles at:
- Corporate businesses
- Consulting agencies
- Government associations
- Locally-owned small businesses
Entrepreneurship is a calling. It requires patience, dedication and drive to make the work a better place. If you are ready to answer the call, learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies degree at GCU.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.